Andean Night Monkey Night monkeys are found in the Andes range throughout
South America. Night monkeys inhabit evergreen tropical rainforests and
deciduous scrub forests, as well as habitat along rivers. They prefer
dense middle-level canopies and understories with tangled vines that provide
cover for sleeping sites. They also like hollows in old trees (Note the
photo). Night monkeys eat mainly fruits, but also consume leaves, flowers,
insects, tree frogs, spiders, bats, birds, and eggs. They forage for food
at all levels of the forest, from the canopy down to the forest floor.
Night monkeys are hunted for their meat and fur by native people and poachers
and are sold as pets and used for medical research. The IUCN lists the
Andean night monkey as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction in
the wild, because of small populations and habitat destruction from deforestation.
After the others had welcomed him back,
had shaken his hand and returned to their desks,
another as ancient pulled over his chair
to inquire of him who six months before
had been taken away
on a pallet of interlocked arms
and parallel faces:
"What happened that day?
No one would say."
Both men talked softly,
held cigarette rites:
the delights of the tapping,
the lighting, the stubbing,
the one man explaining,
the other one listening,
both of them knowing
a matter of months.
Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago
Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St.
Louis. A Pushcart nominee, he has had poems published in The Wisconsin
Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review,
The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Public Republic
(Bulgaria), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review
(Turkey), Calliope Nerve, Rivets, Pig in a Poke,
Deuce Coupe, Asphodel Madness, Pirene's Fountain
(Australia) and other publications.